When Charlotte was forced to take antibiotics against her will while in labour, she felt bullied and coerced. Rather than give her the information she needed to make the decision herself, Charlotte was threatened with her baby being taken away by Social Services if she didn’t obey the doctor’s orders.
Charlotte fought for two years to get an apology from the doctor and hospital involved, with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman ruling that Charlotte did not consent properly to the treatment and was put under extraordinary pressure when she was in labour and vulnerable. Women are increasingly relying on human rights to ensure they can give birth in the way they want.
Birthrights has produced two graphic stories based on the experiences of women who have contacted them for support.